Did you know an individual can sign up as a potential expert advisor to the EU’s research programs? You register your field, what you’d be willing to do (review proposals, monitor existing programs, etc) and if they need someone in your area they might contact you. The workload would be up to 10 days a year with pay and expenses and trips to Brussels. I imagine it’d be a useful way of beginning to understand how the Byzantine funding of EU research works. I signed up. It even assures you that if you’re asked to do it but don’t have time when it comes down to it, you can politely refuse.